People: Discover Financial Services (DFS)
24 Jan 2017
Mr. Richard H. Lenny is Independent Director of Discover Financial Services, since 2009. Mr. Lenny has served as non-executive chairman of Information Resources, Inc., a leading market research company since July 2013. He is also a senior advisor at Friedman Fleischer & Lowe LLC, a private equity firm, where he served as an operating partner from 2011 to August 2014. Mr. Lenny was chairman, president and chief executive officer of The Hershey Company, a manufacturer, distributor and marketer of chocolate and non-chocolate candy, snacks and candy-related grocery products, from March 2001 until his retirement in December 2007. From 1998 to 2001, Mr. Lenny was President of Nabisco Biscuit Company, which became a subsidiary of Kraft Foods, Inc. in 2000. Mr. Lenny is a director of McDonald’s Corporation, ConAgra Foods and ITW Inc. Mr. Lenny has experience as a chief executive officer for a global retail company that is a major consumer brand. Mr. Lenny’s skills include knowledge of strategy and business development, finance, marketing and consumer insights. He has extensive marketing experience with strong consumer brands that is of critical importance to Discover. He also brings valuable leadership experience and knowledge in operations and the day-to-day management of a large global corporation.
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